Sri Lankan government to appoint National Police Commission in January 2012

Dec 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is to activate the National Police Commission by appointing members to the defunct body in January 2012.

Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga has said the appointments would be made in the first week of January.

The activation of the National Police Commission was one of the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

The Police Commission became defunct due to the failure to appoint new commission members after the terms of the Commission and its Chairman ended in April 2009.

The Commission was established in 2002 under the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. The Commission would now be appointed under the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.

According to Weeratunga, the Commission that would be activated in January would have complete power to act independently.

The transfers, discipline, and issues related to examinations, in the police force come under the purview of the National Police Commission.

However, these duties were performed by the Defence Ministry in the absence of the Commission.

Once the members are appointed, the National Police Commission would once again handle the issues related to the police force.

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